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Forum: Towing | Hitches and Toads 12-03-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,853
Posted By jabrabu
Yes, used CR-Vs are plentiful and reliable. ...

Yes, used CR-Vs are plentiful and reliable. Unfortunately, 2014 was the last year that could be flat towed since they switched to the CVT transmission in 2015. If you want a brand new compact SUV...
Forum: Towing | Hitches and Toads 12-03-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,853
Posted By jabrabu
As another data point, I tow a 2012 CR-V with a...

As another data point, I tow a 2012 CR-V with a Chateau 31E. I use a Patriot II brake system.


For us, the CR-V is the perfect toad. AWD, not too heavy, enough room for the family and 2 big...
Forum: Maintenance and Repair 11-14-2019, 01:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 694
Posted By jabrabu
As a data point, the house batteries in my 2018...

As a data point, the house batteries in my 2018 Chateau 31E lasted less than 2 years before they would no longer hold a charge. I replaced them a couple of months ago with AGM batteries, which...
Forum: Motorhome Tech Topics 11-01-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 701
Posted By jabrabu
Somewhat related to this, how often do you change...

Somewhat related to this, how often do you change the rear differential oil?
Forum: Maintenance and Repair 10-31-2019, 01:48 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 11,616
Posted By jabrabu
Maybe

My first motorhome was a Thor Chateau 23U. We liked the interior design and the floorplan. I quickly realized that build quality was pretty poor and had to fix a lot of things, but we still enjoyed...
Forum: Modifications and Updates 10-31-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,449
Posted By jabrabu
I used to have a 24' Chateau with no levelers and...

I used to have a 24' Chateau with no levelers and now have a 32' Chateau with automatic levelers. Advantages are:
- Just push a button and the RV is leveled.
- No more getting blocks out of...
Forum: Maintenance and Repair 10-15-2019, 02:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,333
Posted By jabrabu
Did you use the same width rims for those bigger...

Did you use the same width rims for those bigger tires?
Forum: Modifications and Updates 10-15-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 361
Posted By jabrabu
I had already replaced the front ones, and they...

I had already replaced the front ones, and they are a huge pain as well. There is very little space between the frame and truck body, especially on the driver's side, so it's very difficult to get a...
Forum: Maintenance and Repair 10-14-2019, 06:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,333
Posted By jabrabu
I have not weighed my rig, but I have seen actual...

I have not weighed my rig, but I have seen actual weights from similar floorplans and I suspect that my rear axle is at the weight limit, or maybe even a little over.


What did you see with your...
Forum: Maintenance and Repair 10-14-2019, 04:29 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,333
Posted By jabrabu
Defective tire?

Defective tire?
Forum: Maintenance and Repair 10-14-2019, 01:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,333
Posted By jabrabu
Recurring tire issues, class C

I have a 2 year old Chateau 31E (32' class C) on the E450 platform. It has about 35K miles on it now. A couple of months ago, the left inside rear tire blew out and shredded. I suspected a valve...
Forum: Maintenance and Repair 10-07-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,766
Posted By jabrabu
It looks like you have the HD-MAX exterior, which...

It looks like you have the HD-MAX exterior, which isn't painted. It's a colored fiberglass gel coat. I think you could replace the door and decal and buff out the scrapes a bit and it would look...
Forum: Modifications and Updates 10-07-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 361
Posted By jabrabu
Well, I successfully changed the rear shocks. As...

Well, I successfully changed the rear shocks. As expected, the driver's side one was a pain because of the exhaust heat shield in the way. I removed the muffler hanger bracket, and I was able to...
Forum: Modifications and Updates 10-04-2019, 12:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 361
Posted By jabrabu
DIY Rear Shock Replacement on class C

I'm replacing the shocks on my Chateau 31E with some Bilstein HD shocks. I have completed the fronts (which were a pain because it's nearly impossible to get a tool on the upper shock mount nuts),...
Forum: Motorhome Tech Topics 09-19-2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 275
Posted By jabrabu
I got this Weize battery from Amazon. It looked...

I got this Weize battery from Amazon. It looked like a good one for the price and almost all 5 star reviews.


...
Forum: Motorhome Tech Topics 09-19-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 275
Posted By jabrabu
Thanks. BTW, after 2 years the batteries would...

Thanks.
BTW, after 2 years the batteries would no longer hold a charge, so I just replaced them yesterday with some AGM batteries.
Forum: Motorhome Tech Topics 09-19-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 275
Posted By jabrabu
Batteries overcharging?

I have a 2018 Chateau class C with 2 house batteries. I have checked the water levels in the batteries regularly, and they always seem to need water. I've never seen vehicle batteries need so much...
Forum: Thor Motor Coach | Class A, Class B+ & Class C Motorhomes 09-13-2019, 02:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,216
Posted By jabrabu
I replaced my stock Axxera stereo with a nice...

I replaced my stock Axxera stereo with a nice Pioneer unit, and I installed a combo usb/mini input jack on the dash. The usb allows Apply CarPlay, and the mini is great for plugging the TV into.

...
Forum: Thor Motor Coach | Class A, Class B+ & Class C Motorhomes 09-11-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,216
Posted By jabrabu
I have a mini aux input for my in-dash stereo,...

I have a mini aux input for my in-dash stereo, and I use a mini audio cable from the TV headphone output into the stereo, so I can get great stereo sound in the coach. It's not the most elegant...
Forum: Motorhome Tech Topics 09-10-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 473
Posted By jabrabu
I haven't installed an inverter yet, but it's on...

I haven't installed an inverter yet, but it's on my list of upgrades to do.
I was originally thinking of installing a sub-panel like on my first diagram to power the items that I want, but I think a...
Forum: Maintenance and Repair 09-04-2019, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 298
Posted By jabrabu
They make those latches in different latching...

They make those latches in different latching strengths. I've seen 5 lb and 10 lb versions. Maybe try the 10 lb latch.

...
Forum: Maintenance and Repair 08-21-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,145
Posted By jabrabu
I can see how getting a good alignment after...

I can see how getting a good alignment after shock replacement is important on a strut-type suspension, but on the E450 I don't think shocks have any effect on alignment. The only think I can think...
Forum: Maintenance and Repair 08-21-2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,145
Posted By jabrabu
How many miles are on the RV? Is it on an E450...

How many miles are on the RV? Is it on an E450 chassis?


I have a 2 year old Chateau with about 33,000 miles on it. I got an alignment when it was nearly new, but a couple of months ago I...
Forum: Thor Motor Coach | Class A, Class B+ & Class C Motorhomes 07-30-2019, 03:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,799
Posted By jabrabu
No, I haven't weighed mine, but I've seen weights...

No, I haven't weighed mine, but I've seen weights posted for similar floor plans. I agree, they are usually at or near the rear axle limits. I think increasing the spring rate at the rear and maybe...
Forum: Modifications and Updates 07-30-2019, 03:14 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,898
Posted By jabrabu
Yeah, I hate that frameless window design. I...

Yeah, I hate that frameless window design. I used to have a class C with the regular sliding widows. These provided a lot more air flow and had decent screens. The frameless windows barely open,...
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